Stanford Cardinal (12-6, 3-3 Pac-12)
USC Trojans (10-9, 1-5 Pac-12)
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 • 2 p.m.
Los Angeles, Calif. • Galen Center (10,258)
Series History: USC leads 123-120
Last Meeting: USC 65, Stanford 64 (Feb. 14, 2013 at Stanford, Calif.)
Radio: KNBR 1050 AM (PBP: Scott Reiss, Analyst: John Platz)
KZSU 90.1 FM (PBP: Rory Berry)
TV: P12NET (PBP: Ted Robinson, Analyst: Don MacLean)
The Opening Tip
Stanford (12-6, 3-3 Pac-12) wraps up its road trip on Sunday, Jan. 26, with a matchup against USC (10-9, 1-5 Pac-12). The Cardinal is seeking a split of its SoCal road swing after dropping a 91-74 decision at UCLA on Thursday that snapped a three-game winning streak. Stanford owns a 4-4 record in games played away from home.
The game can be heard on KNBR 1050 AM, featuring the insightful duo of Scott Reiss (play-by-play) and John Platz (analyst). KZSU 90.1 FM provides coverage with Rory Berry (play-by-play). The contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks, with Ted Robinson (play-by-play) and Don MacLean (analyst) describing the action.
USC (10-9, 1-5 Pac-12) picked up its first conference win of the year on Wednesday night with a surprising 77-69 victory over California. The Trojans shot 51.9 percent, held a 37-33 rebounding edge and were led by 23 points from Nikola Jovanovic ... The Trojans compiled a 9-5 record during non-conference play, posting notable wins over Xavier and Dayton ... USC is averaging 71.9 points and 38.4 rebounds while shooting 45.0 percent overall ... The Trojans allow 74.3 points and shoot a league-worst 30.1 percent from distance ... Keep an eye on: Byron Wesley (16.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 44.8 percent FG), Pe’Shon Howard (9.9 ppg, 73.5 percent FT, 81 assists, 24 steals), Omar Oraby (8.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 48 blocks).
Stanford All-Time vs. USC
USC leads the all-time series at 123-120. USC has won six of the last 10 contests, including a sweep of last year’s series in which the Trojans prevailed 71-69 at the Galen Center and 65-64 at Maples Pavilion. Stanford swept the season series in 2012, including a 59-47 victory in Los Angeles in which the Cardinal limited the Trojans to 31.3 percent shooting and owned a 45-19 rebounding advantage.
Notable Career Totals Against USC
Josh Huestis is averaging 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 20-38 (52.6 percent) from the field in six games. Otherwise, several of the Cardinal’s regulars have struggled offensively: Chasson Randle (10.0 ppg, 15-40 FG, four games), Dwight Powell (6.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 15-45 FG, six games) and Anthony Brown (6.5 ppg, 10-31 FG, four games).
Coaches Participating In Suits And Sneakers Weekend
Stanford will participate in the annual Suits and Sneakers Weekend, taking place Jan. 24-26 throughout the nation. Suits and Sneakers weekend is an annual event coordinated by the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Looking To Stop SoCal Slide
Following Thursday’s 91-74 loss at UCLA, Stanford has now dropped 16 of its last 17 games (0-9 against UCLA, 1-7 against USC) on the SoCal road swing. The lone victory came two years ago in a 59-47 win at USC to snap a string of 13 consecutive regular-season losses. Stanford has not swept the SoCal trip since 2005, defeating UCLA 75-64 before taking down USC 78-70.
Takeaways From The UCLA Game
Tony Parker scored a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead five players in double figures as UCLA notched a 91-74 victory over Stanford Thursday night at Pauley Pavilion ... Stanford was victimized by 38.6 percent shooting, signaling only the second time this year the Cardinal was held to under 40.0 percent. Stanford shot a season-low 35.0 percent in a 53-51 upset at No. 10/10 Connecticut on Dec. 18 ... The Cardinal was also hindered by 19 turnovers, its most since committing 22 in a 71-59 home win over Denver last December. It was an uncharacteristic total for Stanford, which had registered fewer than 10 turnovers in each of its last three games ... Chasson Randle added 14 points on 3-16 shooting but was 7-8 from the foul line ... Stanford’s nine three-pointers were its most since knocking down 11-20 from beyond the arc against UC Davis on Dec. 14 ... UCLA shot 52.3 percent overall and dished out 23 assists while committing only six turnovers. The Bruins also racked up 15 steals, the most by an opponent since Syracuse finished with 19 on Nov. 25, 2011 ... John Gage has made 10 of his last 15 attempts from beyond the arc ... Kyle Anderson (10 assists) became the first opposing player to post a double-digit assist total since Arizona State’s Derek Glasser also finished with 10 assists on Jan. 30, 2010 ... Stanford has scored at least 70 points in 13 of its 18 games.
Huestis, Powell Double Up In Same Game
For the second straight contest and third time this year overall, Stanford received double-doubles in the same game from both Josh Huestis (12 points, 12 rebounds) and Dwight Powell (17 points, 13 rebounds). Last season, Huestis and Powell registered double-doubles in the same game on four occasions, including back-to-back games of the Arizona road trip.